BC at Western Kentucky 3/13/18 - NIT Picks & Predictions
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BC Eagles vs. WKU Hilltoppers
NCAAB: 8:00 PM EST
Mar. 13, 2018
Latest Odds : WKU -5 Total 161.5
The #5 Boston College Eagles are going to be taking on the #4 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the first round of the NIT. Western Kentucky comes into this game ready to show their home crowd that they are ready to go deep into the NIT. Boston College will likely be considered something of an underdog but we expect this game to stay close. Boston College and WKU will be taking the court at the EA Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, KY.
The Boston College Eagles are taking the court with a team that has shown the ability to put up points in a hurry. Boston College is scoring 77 PPG on the season while dishing out 14 assists per game. Jerome Robinson (21 PPG on 49% shooting) is an electric scorer and his chemistry with ky Bowman (18 PPG, 5 APG) will be the deciding factor in this game. Boston College is surrendering 74 PPG to opposing teams on defense.
Western Kentucky is going to be slightly favored at home but that doesn't mean that the Hilltoppers can come out playing sloppy. Western Kentucky is going to lean on the play of forward Justin Johnson (15 PPG) and Darius Thompson (14 PPG, 5 APG) in order to guide them in this game. Western Kentucky has played solid on defense this year and if WKU can come out making stops then we like them to pull away with a win.
Recent Betting Trends:
Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
Hilltoppers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Coast.
Over is 19-7-1 in Eagles last 27 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Over is 4-0 in Hilltoppers last 4 games following a ATS loss.
Free Betting Pick: Boston College Eagles +5
As we seen in the ACC Tournament the talented BC guard combo can carry them in tournament time and think it's key in road upset in opening night of NIT action. WKU has the home court edge but other than that we give young BC team the edge in this one. Final Score Prediction, Boston College Eagles win in upset but grab the points just in case 82-76.